I got to the end of a major section in the Psalms yesterday in my Bible reading… (Book 2 ends with Psalm 72). Then I started reading Book 3 today)… Have you ever gotten to end of one season in your life – one phase in your journey – and wondered what was next? At that point in life have you found yourself asking what you should do? Perhaps it was graduation (from high school, university, or finishing an advanced degree). Or it might have been a layoff from a job and the challenge of starting a new one. Perhaps it was facing the “empty next” or “retirement” and wondering what was “next.” Whatever it was, the question was, “What’s next? What should I do now?”
Well, at the end of Book 2 in the Psalms, I believe we’re given a good recommendation… Why not pause and praise the Lord! Bless his holy name!
Here’s what Psalm 72:19 says… “Blessed be the Lord our God who alone does wondrous things! Blessed be His glorious name forever! May the whole earth be filled with His glory! Amen and Amen!”
I don’t know about you, but that seems like really good advice! At the end of various seasons or episodes in our life – before you begin something new, something different – Pause and praise! Bless the Lord! And then let Him lead you into something new and different. Going to try to remember that… and do that!